KORN Bassist On Musical Experimentation: 'We Are Always Open To Try Whatever Comes Our Way'
- June 25, 2012
Lazer 103.3's Andy Hall conducted an interview with KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and drummer Ray Luzier prior to the band's June 22 concert at Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa. You can now watch the chat below.
KORN's 10th studio album, "The Path Of Totality", is one of the band's most controversial efforts. This time, the veteran act teamed up with dubstep producers and DJs to add a whole new electronic layer to their sound. Among the dubstep artists who contribute to the set are 12th Planet, Kill The Noise, Noisia, Downlink, Excision and Skrillex, who was featured on first single "Narcissistic Cannibal".
"I was scared about it, 'cause it was so weird that [KORN singer Jonathan Davis] comes with this track that Skrillex did, these weird sounds," Fieldy told Lazer 103.3. "I remember me and [Ray], too, we were like, 'Man, this is cool, but a whole record like this? I don't know.' And as we started doing it, the next song would come and it was like, 'Man, this is turning out cool.' And it just ended up… It was working and it was just flowing. But we were a little nervous."
Fieldy added that he enjoyed being in a group that takes risks. "I think we just are always open to try whatever comes our way," he said. "We've always even had the attitude from back in the early days where we were like, 'Let's just try it. If it doesn't work, we just won't use it.' So we just kind of try whatever."
Luzier echoed Fieldy's sentiments, telling Lazer 103.3, "I'm under five years now being in the band, but it's awesome to be a part of something… [KORN] messed things up in a great way when they first came out. Everyone knew when they first heard the 'Blind' riff that… [KORN] didn't follow trends, but they just cut through everything and started this whole new thing. And now we're still making records and not being afraid to be creative and go left field. It's kind of cool to be a part of that — someone who's not afraid to take chances. And the fans out there with open minds, they get it and they understand what's going on. When you listen to AC/DC and IRON MAIDEN all those bands that are great — and I'm a huge fan of them — you pretty much know what the next IRON MAIDEN record is gonna sound like; it's a lot like the last one and the 20 before, which is cool. It works. [But] I dig this [taking chances with the music] a lot."
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